Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had a word of warning to his Republican colleagues this morning, telling Bill Hemmer that the party should not "take the bait" in its response to President Obama's executive actions on immigration. 

"What the president wants us to do is to over-respond so our public approval ratings are as low as his," said Gowdy. 

He said the incoming GOP-controlled Senate should start by blocking Obama's nominees. 

Gowdy also supports going after the funding behind the executive actions, but expressed concern about that leading to a debate about a government shutdown which could hurt Republicans politically. 

Watch the full interview above, including Gowdy's take on new questions in Congress yesterday about the president's authority to take the unilateral actions.